Jo Walmsley

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she/her/hers Dip Couns NCS (Proff Accred) Reg MBACP
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Teynham, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9
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About me

Are you or a loved one struggling with anxiety?

Is it stopping you from living the life you want?

Are you feeling like you are a failure, or just not good enough?

Do you constantly feel unhappy or "down", depressed?

Do you feel that you are missing out on life?

Are your relationships causing you stress?

Do you feel like you're "boring" your friends with your troubles?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then please get in touch.

You are not alone, I am here to help.

By offering you a confidential and safe space to talk through your issues, I can help you begin to understand how past events and experiences may be responsible for your current beliefs, behaviour and actions.  By helping you to see things in a new way it allows you the choice of change. With help and support you can make the changes you may have always wished for or have yet to discover.

I believe that by helping you to understand yourself, it enables you the tools to make the most of your future and finding your happiness.

If you're considering sharing your thoughts and emotions with me it feels only right to share a little of myself with you. Whilst Im a fully trained professional Integrative Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor; Im also just a pretty "normal" kind of person, please don't let the job title intimidate you, I too struggle with my own issues some days. Some days just feel a bit too much don't they? I mostly get through those days with as much of a smile as I can muster, and a few expletives #counsellorwhoswears, and I'm happy to help you find your coping skills. I love to laugh and always try to find a positive in every situation, but it hasn't always been this way. I have had difficult times in my life when it felt that I would never laugh again, or be able to see positives or feel gratitude, and that's what gives me the passion I have to help you through your difficult times. You are far more resilient than you believe, its only been you that's got you through life this far, so sometimes we need to be reminded of that and give ourselves a pat on the back.

Ive gained experience in many issues during my time as a counsellor, through agency work, private practice and five years working for the NHS IAPT contract in the local areas. It's given me extensive experience in Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Obsessive Thinking, Disability, Chronic Fatigue, Long term health conditions, Domestic Abuse amongst many others.  I work with all ages and offer both short and long term counselling. Using an Integrative approach it allows me the skills and flexibility of other theories such as Psychodynamic, Person Centred, Existential, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) to enable me to work very personally with each individual client and their presenting issue.  

At the core of Integrative Counselling is the relationship between counsellor and client, and it is with this in mind that I strive to build a strong, trusting and empathic relationship with all of my clients.

I am also trained in Life Coaching and can use this alongside counselling to help clients manage their lives to maximise their potential and reach their own goals.  

Please feel free to browse my website: or Facebook page: for further information on myself and counselling.

Whilst I am currently based in Teynham, near Sittingbourne I also cover areas such as Faversham, Swale, Sheerness, Newington, Whitstable, Canterbury. I also offer both telephone and online counselling Nationwide.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am fully trained and have many years experience working both in private practice, but also for the NHS on the IAPT service. I am registered and accredited with NCS and BACP

I have completed the following courses:
Level 6 Counselling Children & Young People
Level 5 Counselling Children & Young People
EICH Professional Diploma Psychosexual Dysfunction
Level 6 Diploma in Clinical Supervision
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Accredited Infant Loss Counsellor
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Transactional Analysis 101
Level 4 Diploma in Theory and Practice of Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Theory
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling ConceptsCertificate in Restorative Justice - Victim/Offender Mediation Certificate in Basic Community Mediation Skills

I have attended the following training:

Christiane Sanderson Workshop on Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse.                         Working with Eating Issues
Living and working with Dissociation
Coaching Skills Training
Working with Domestic Abuse
Bereavement and Loss
Understanding Self-Harm
Freedom Programme
Transactional Analysis (TA)
Working with and Preventing Self-Harm
Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA)
Resilient Therapy
Life Coaching
Child Protection - Risk and Safeguarding
Bereavement - Supporting Others
Working With Children and Young People
Child Development
Attachment and Relationships
Domestic Violence Awareness
Mental Health Training
Alcohol and Substance Misuse

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Clinical Supervison provided: both individual and groups of up to three

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£50.00 - £80.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual session (50 minutes) & Couples session (60 minutes) fees are between £50 - £80, please contact me for details

Clinical Supervision £50 - 60 minutes
                                £70 - 90 minutes

Student Discount Available

Some concessions may be available, please contact me for details.

EAP work accepted

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Appointments available Mon - Sat both daytime and evenings

Further information

Sessions available Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-12pm

Parking available & local bus/train services within 300 yards

I hold valid Indemnity Insurance

Data Protection Reg. No: ZA151426

I seek regular supervision with a Clinical Supervisor

I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS), and registered member of The Association for Independent Practitioners (AIP), and the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).


I would like to say a special thank you to all those kind enough to share their experiences.  It was a pleasure working with you all.

"Being in an abusive relationship can destroy the very soul of a person. All that may exist is a body with a lost mind and an empty heart. For someone to convince me that my life was worth living, that my opinions were valid and my emotions were understandable- well, it was a long shot! Jo picked me up from my lowest and gave ME the tools to find MY OWN path and muster up enough strength to keep on fighting and pulling myself through even when i felt i had nothing left in me. I could write a very long testimonial in appreciation for Jo and the way she has helped changed my life, but i will keep this brief and simply say, thank you Jo, from my two children. They have their mummy back- a new and improved one at that!"

"Seeing Jo has changed my life. I have become a different person. I am much more confident and calmer and I don’t take things so personally anymore. Jo has helped me to deal with issues in my past and understand why I am the way I am. She helped me to realise that I can’t change what has happened and to let go. Most importantly Jo has made me realise that I am worthy of being loved but that I am also capable of being on my own"

"I never thought I'd be able to trust anyone enough to talk about my issues but I have been able to.  It seems so silly that all I needed to do was to talk about the things I've never told anyone.  Talking about things has really helped me and I would tell anyone to share the things your hiding or too afraid to talk about.  Jo really seemed to care and understand how I felt"”

“I have been seeing Jo for sometime now and she has helped me work through some problems from my past.  I didn't realise how much those things where affecting my life still.  It feels as if a huge weight is being lifted.  Thanks Jo!"

"I was pretty sceptical about counselling at first and thought that I could talk to my friends about my problems and that I didn't need to talk to a stranger, but I was wrong.  It was completely different talking to Jo, she was impartial and I didn't have to censor what I told her for fear of anyone else finding out or to keep others happy.  I could tell Jo anything and she would continue to listen and treat me with respect.  She just seemed to "get" me and at times it was as if she knew how I was feeling before I realised it myself.  I was sad when our sessions ended and missed being able to share with Jo my news and my thoughts.  If I ever need that "special person" to talk to again, I won't hesitate next time.  It is with special thanks that I write this for Jo, she has proved priceless to me.  A million thank yous just aren't enough"

"Never underestimate how much counselling can help.  If you've ever thought about doing it, then my advise is "do it!",  I cant begin to write how much it helped me."

Teynham, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I am based in a ground floor room accessible by wheelchair, but there is a small threshold to get over at the front door. I am able to offer telephone or online face-to-face counselling if you are restricted in transport or less mobile.

Online platforms

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In person

I am a qualified Integrative Supervisor with a private purpose built therapy room, based in Teynham but covering all of Swale, Sittingbourne, Faversham.

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Jo Walmsley
Jo Walmsley